IPA’s

Top 10 San Diego IPA’s

List of the best IPA’s brewed here at San Diego breweries (in order of personal favorites, but with Beer Advocate / Rate Beer scores for your reference).

  1. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA – 4.42 / 4.04
  2. Alpine Duet – 4.43 / 3.95
  3. AleSmith IPA – 4.27 / 4.09
  4. Societe Pulpil – 4.45 / 3.79
  5. Stone IPA – 4.24 / 3.98
  6. Pizza Port (Ocean Beach) Jetty IPA – 3.98 / 3.73
  7. Port Brewing Wipeout IPA  4.08 / 3.85
  8. Rough Draft Southern Triangle IPA – 4.0 4 / 3.12
  9. Ballast Point Big Eye – 4.08 / 3.73
  10. Green Flash West Coast IPA – 4.23 / 3.88

Top 10 San Diego Double IPA’s

Double IPA (DIPA) = Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)

  1. Stone RuinTen – 4.32 / 3.99
  2. Stone Enjoy by Series – 4.42 / 4.05
  3. Stone Ruination – 4.32 / 4.04
  4. Pizza Port (Carlsbad) Poor Man’s – 4.35 / 3.85
  5. Port Brewing Mongo – 4.20 / 3.89
  6. Alpine Pure Hoppiness 4.39 / 3.96
  7. Societe Roustabout IPA – 4.42 / 3.64
  8. Ballast Point Dorado - 4.16 / 3.89
  9. Breakwater Maverick’s – 4.23 / 3.81
  10. Pizza Port The Wife’s Still Away – 4.52 / 3.51

(rankings based on 24 opinions)

NOTE: 1-time and special occasion IPA’s that are only released seasonally or will never get brewed again are not included on the top 10 list, even though they may deserve to be on the list. IE: CBC 17th Anniversary IPA, AleSmith Double IPA (summertime), Intergalactic Red Shirt #8 (until it runs out), Alpine Nelson, Pizza Port’s Man -Baby, etc.

Real beer advocates in San Diego know that Pizza Ports makes some of the best beer in town. If so many of their recipes weren’t so seasonal, Pizza Port would probably have several IPA’s on both lists. That being said, if you go to Pizza Port right now and order their most current IPA, you will not disappointed.

Honorable Mentions: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA

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